U.S. Supreme Court rejects challenge to ban on gun ‘bump stocks’

WASHINGTON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court, which expanded gun rights in a major decision in June, on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a federal ban on devices called “bump stocks” that enable semi-automatic weapons to fire like a machine gun – a firearms control measure prompted by a 2017 Las … Read more

Ukraine has made ‘breakthroughs’ in Kherson region, Russian-installed official says

Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ukrainian forces have made some breakthroughs in the southern Kherson region and taken control of some settlements, a Russian-installed official said on Monday. “It’s tense, let’s put it that way,” Vladimir Saldo, the Russian-installed head of Ukraine’s Kherson region, said on state television. “Where the Kakhovka (reservoir) is, there is a … Read more

Two Putin allies ridicule Russia’s war machine in public

Chechen leader Kadyrov scolds top generals Prigozhin: top brass should fight on front Russian state television subdued LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – The withdrawal of Russian forces from a strategically important town in eastern Ukraine has prompted two powerful allies of President Vladimir Putin to do something rare in modern Russia: publicly ridiculous the war … Read more

Weighty U.S. Supreme Court term dawns with environmental and race cases

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The US Supreme Court’s nine justices are poised on Monday to open a new nine-month term packed with major cases including disputes centered on race that give members of its conservative majority fresh opportunities to flex their muscles, with an environmental case up first. The top US judicial body annually … Read more

Truss’s ‘yes’ boosts Macron’s new European forum initiative

44 EU and non-EU countries to attend Prague summit on Oct. 6 European Political Community is brainchild of France’s Macron Some diplomats deride talking shop but others see benefits PARIS, Oct 3 (Reuters) – UK Prime Minister Liz Truss’s decision to join the inaugural summit of a pan-European grouping this week has given a boost … Read more

U.S. and Turkish officials discuss Ukraine and NATO in unannounced meeting

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – US national security adviser Jake Sullivan met with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s chief adviser Ibrahim Kalin in Istanbul on Sunday and discussed “progress on NATO accession for Finland and Sweden”, the White House said in a statement. The two, whose meeting was unannounced to the media beforehand, also discussed Turkey’s … Read more

Trump staffers not returning White House records, National Archives says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Former President Donald Trump’s administration has not turned over all presidential records and the National Archives will consult with the Justice Department on whether to move to get them back, the agency has told Congress. A congressional panel on Sept. 13 sought an urgent review by the National Archives and … Read more

Ukraine advance in Lyman shows it can push back Russian forces, NATO chief says

WASHINGTON, Oct 2 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s capture of a city within territory of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s declared annexation demonstrates that Ukrainians are making progress and able to push back against Russian forces, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Sunday. “We have seen that they have been able to take a new town, Lyman, and … Read more

Tillerson to be called as witness in Trump ally’s foreign agent trial

NEW YORK, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Former US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be called as a witness by federal prosecutors in the trial of Tom Barrack, a one-time fundraiser for former President Donald Trump, on charges of illegally acting as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates, a court filing showed on … Read more

Latvia to remain Russia’s critic as prime minister wins election

RIGA, Oct 2 (Reuters) – The centre-right New Unity party of Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins won Saturday’s election, according to provisional results, with its 19% of the vote putting him in a position to head another coalition government. The results – with 96% of districts counted – mean Latvia should remain a leading voice … Read more